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GEORGE ENESCU

The greatest of Romanian musicians, George Enescu was equally remarkable as a violinist and as a composer. He contributed significantly to the development of music in his own country, although much of his activity centred on Paris, where he was a pupil of Marsick and for composition of Fauré and Massenet. His violin pupils include Grumiaux, Ferras, Gitlis and Menuhin.

Despite early success, notably the two Romanian Rhapsodies [Naxos 8.550327], his work found real appreciation only among a small number of musicians and admirers. Prolific in his youth, during which he pursued studies first in Vienna then in Paris, the demands of performance and administration, not to mention upheaval in his personal life and in his beloved Romania, slowed his creativity so that he was able to complete only a handful of major compositions after the First World War. Yet the sheer quality of these works, which amalgamate his understanding of the classical masters with the achievement of the French and German romanticists, while transcending stereotypical notions of radical and conservative, has seen a gradual resurgence of interest over the past three decades.

Chamber music

Chamber music was a prominent feature of Enescu’s music from his earliest years. Along with his two cello sonatas [Naxos 8.570582], there are four extant violin sonatas, two string quartets [Naxos 8.554721], two piano quartets [the second on Naxos 8.557159], a piano quintet [Naxos 8.557159], piano trio, string octet, and wind decatet [Naxos 8.554173], as well as shorter pieces for various combinations.

Orchestral Music

Although much that he wrote may be of greater musical significance, Enescu's most popular composition is the Romanian Rhapsody No. 1.

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ADAMS, J.: Violin Concerto / CORIGLIANO: Chaconne from The Red Violin Naxos
8.559302
Orchestral
ADLER, Larry: The Great Larry Adler (1934-1947) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120608
Nostalgia
BACH, J.S. / ENESCU / PIZZETTI: Violin Sonatas (Menuhin) (1929, 1936, 1938) Naxos Historical
8.111127
Chamber Music
Cafe au lait BIS
BIS-CD-1239
Chamber Music
CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 / ENESCO: Piano Sonata No. 3 (Lipatti) (1943-1947) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80034
Instrumental
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Ensembles (SD NTSC on Blu-ray) Ideale Audience
3073994
Classical Concert
DVORAK: Wind Serenade / JANACEK: Mladi / ENESCU: Dixtuor Naxos
8.554173
Chamber Music
ENESCU, G.: 2 Romanian Rhapsodies / Villa-Lobos, H.: Choros No. 6 (Enescu, Villa-Lobos) (1951-1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81051
Orchestral
ENESCU, G.: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 (Buruiana) Naxos
8.570582
Chamber Music
ENESCU, G.: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / VILLA-LOBOS: O Canto do Capadocio Marco Polo
8.223298
Chamber Music
ENESCU, G.: Piano Sonata No. 1 / Suite No. 2 (Varga) Naxos
8.572120
Instrumental
ENESCU, G.: Symphony No. 2 / Chamber Symphony in E Major, Op. 33 (Lintu) Ondine
ODE1196-2
Orchestral, Chamber Music
ENESCU, G.: Symphony No. 3 / Concert Overture on popular Romanian themes (Tampere Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Lintu) Ondine
ODE1197-2
Orchestral
ENESCU, G.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (A. Strauss, Poletaev) Naxos
8.572691
Chamber Music
ENESCU, G.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 (Csaba) Ondine
ODE789-2
Chamber Music
ENESCU: Impressions d'enfance / Violin Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 BIS
BIS-CD-1216
Chamber Music
ENESCU: Oedipe Naxos
8.660163-64
Opera
ENESCU: Piano Quintet / Piano Quartet No. 2 Naxos
8.557159
Chamber Music
ENESCU: Romanian Poem / Romanian Rhapsodies Nos. 1 and 2 Marco Polo
8.223146
Orchestral
ENESCU: String Octet, Op. 7 / Dixtuor for Winds, Op. 14 Marco Polo
8.223147
Chamber Music
ENESCU: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.554721
Chamber Music
ENESCU: Suite No. 3, 'Village' / Suite chatelaine Marco Polo
8.223145
Orchestral
ENESCU: Suites Nos. 1 and 2 / Concert Overture Marco Polo
8.223144
Orchestral
ENESCU: Symphony No. 1 / Sinfonia Concertante Marco Polo
8.223141
Orchestral
ENESCU: Symphony No. 2 / Vox Maris, Op. 31 Marco Polo
8.223142
Orchestral
ENESCU: Symphony No. 3 / Chamber Symphony Marco Polo
8.223143
Chamber Music, Orchestral
ENESCU: Violin Sonata No. 3 / JANACEK: Violin Sonata (Druian) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80237
Chamber Music
Flute and String Orchestra Arrangements - BRAHMS, J. / PORUMBESCU, C. / ENESCU, G. / DOPPLER, F. / BARTOK , B. (Nagy, I.-Z., Budapest Strings) Capriccio
C67185
Chamber Music
MILHAUD: 4 Visages / ENESCU: Concert Piece BIS
BIS-CD-829
Concertos
Piano Recital: Rangell, Andrew - SWEELINCK, J.P. / BACH, J.S. / ENESCU, G. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / MESSIAEN, O. (A Recital of Intimate Works) Dorian Sono Luminus
DIS-80147
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 10 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262772
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
RHAPSODY Naxos
8.550327
Orchestral
SORCERER'S APPRENTICE AND OTHER ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.554066
Orchestral
Trumpet Recital: Friedrich, Reinhold - CHARLIER, T. / THOME, F. / PENNEQUIN, J. / ROPARTZ, J.-G. / GAUBERT, P. / BALAY, G. / ERLANGER, C. Capriccio
C67152
Chamber Music
Viola Recital: Bradley, Sarah-Jane - MARTINU, B. / KODALY, Z. / DOHNANYI, E. / JOACHIM, J. / ENESCU, G. (Music for Viola and Piano) Naxos
8.572533
Chamber Music
Viola Recital: Chase, Roger - BENJAMIN, A. / ENESCU, G. / KODALY, Z. / JONGEN, J. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. / PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. (The Virtuoso Viola) Naxos
8.572293
Concertos
Violin Recital: Bacova, Martina - MACHA, O. / JANACEK, L. / ENESCU, G. / BARTOK, B. ArcoDiva
UP0107-2
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Doll, Barbara - ENESCU, G. / SCHUBERT, F. / SCHOENBERG, A. / HENZE, H.W. ArcoDiva
UP0083-2
Chamber Music
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1994 - A Night of Dances and Rhapsodies (Rudy, Jansons) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107155
Classical Concert

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